Rod began his career in the marine industry in 1981 immediately after graduating Kellam High School and completing two years of vocational training at Virginia Beach Vocational Education Center. During high school, he was President of the local VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America), and also competed at local and state levels in skilled trade competitions. After a few years in the industry, he realized the need for additional education and continued his education with a focus on Business Management.
Rod’s 28 years at Metro Machine Corp began as a Pipefitter and concluded as Vice President/Production and Board of Directors. During the 28 years at Metro, Rod held many key positions at strategic points of growth and expansion. He continued his track records of success on the AE/AOE Navy Supply ships, serving in various capacities including Superintendent, Vice President and Board of Directors. He was a member of ASNE and an Alternate Board member of VSRA.
Rod has a daughter Makenzie. Rod also has two sons Rodney and Eric and a daughter in law Katie. Rodney and Katie blessed Rod with their 1st grandchild Braelyn. In October 2011, Metro Machine Corporation was acquired by General Dynamics NASSCO- Norfolk and after a smooth transition, resigned from his position in June 2012. In February 2013 Rod formed and operates R&L ADVENTURES, LLC a real estate investment company.
In November 2014, Rod joined the team at Shipyard Staffing as a Board member and is enjoying being back in the Marine Industry.